West Indian Writers Who Do Not “Translate As Well”: The Case of Trinidadian Writer Earl Lovelace

  • Maria Grau-Perejoan
Keywords: West Indian literature, literary translation, location, Earl Lovelace


This article discusses some of the major factors that can potentially work as agents of censorship in the promotion of postcolonial literary texts. In the discussion, centred on West Indian writing, the writer’s location, choice of topics and languages are foregrounded as the three major factors that account for the lack of promotion of a particular variant of West Indian writing. In particular, this paper is centred on the dearth of translations of texts by Trinidadian writer Earl Lovelace. The article argues that the figure of the literary translator has the capacity to act as a catalyst for change in the collective endeavour of reversing the aforementioned imbalance in the West Indian literary field.


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